The 10th annual Muslim Jewish Conference (MJC) was held in Austria at the end of December. Rachel Lichtenauer, the project coordinator of our European DialoguePerspectives programme, joined 40 young professionals from all over the world, who engage in interfaith dialogue. They came together for five days to learn from each other and build effective coalitions and to strengthen their innovative network of Muslim-Jewish cooperation.
The conference started on Sunday, December 15th, with a Gala at the Town Hall of Vienna, where approx. 100 guest celebrated the opening of the 10th Muslim Jewish Conference. The showcase of the MJC movie, delicious food and piano music accompanied the mingling and enriching talks between the guests.
On Monday the retreat at Drosendorf castle, near Vienna, started. After getting to know each other and presentations about ongoing projects and further expectations, the participants were invited to look back on 10 years of MJC and to learn about further exciting plans of building the Muslim Jewish Alliance as a new European platform within the next years.
The following workshop days were filled with intense discussions and brainstorming sessions on topics such as “alumni work” and “finances”. The participants had the opportunity to give workshops on various topics, such as “conflict resolution”, “meditation” or “communication skills”.
A huge thank you to everyone who worked with us during the conference and thank you, MJC, for inviting us! We are excited to be part of this unique international network and we are very much looking forward to continuing and intensifying the cooperation between DialoguePerspectives and MJC in the future and to contributing to shaping our society and the future of interfaith dialogue together!
˝The programme makes possible something that is all too rare in our society these days: speaking and having discussions across borders, not about each other, but with each other. That can be a hard slog at times, but at the same time the format makes space for follow-up questions and deeper conversations that are only possible through trust on all sides.
Felix, DialoguePerspectives participant